Monthly Archives: July 2020

Newcastle Olympic: NPL seniors are away to Lambton Jaffas while WPL are at home against Broadmeadow Magic

On Saturday 1st August Newcastle Olympic travel to Arthur Edden Oval to play Lambton Jaffas in Round 4 of the competition.
                                                                                                                                                   First Grade kick off at 2:30PM                                                                                     Reserves kick off at 12.15PM                                                                                           U18s kick off at 10:15AM

On Sunday 2nd August Newcastle Olympic WPL teams are at Darling St Oval against Broadmeadow Magic.
                                                                                                                                                  First Grade kick off at 3:00PM                                                                                     Reserve Grade kick off at 12:50PM                                                                                     U17s Kick off at 10:50AM
U14s kick off at 9:00AM

Newcastle Olympic take on Weston in Round 6 of the season at Rockwell Automation Park on Saturday 1st August.

U16s kick off at 3:00 PM                                                                                               U15s kick off at 1:00 PM                                                                                                U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM

Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams play New Lambton on Saturday 1st August at Islington Park.

First Grade kick off at 4:30PM                                                                                    Reserve Grade kick off at 2:30PM

U9s White Blue off at 9:00AM at Darling St Oval vs West Wallsend, Sunday 2nd August.                                                                                                                                U9s White kick off at 10:30AM at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field vs Cooks Hill on Sunday 2nd August.
U10s White kick off at 12:00AM at Darling St Oval vs Charlestown, Sunday 2nd August.                                                                                                                               U10s Blue kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval vs Charlestown, Sunday. 2nd August.
U11s White kick off at 10:30AM at Turner Park vs HVF Girls on Sunday 2nd August.                                                                                                                                  U11s Blue kick off at 9:15AM at LMRF vs Jets Girls on Saturday 1st August.
U12s NET kick off at 9:00AM at Islington Park 2 vs Adamstown on Saturday 1st August.

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s kick off at 8:00 PM at Chapman Oval No2 vs Swansea on Friday night 31st July.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors play Round 5 of the season on Saturday 1st August.

U6s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against South Wallsend
U6s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Adamstown
U6s/03 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Adamstown
U7s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Adamstown
U7s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Adamstown
U8s/01 kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Adamstown
U8s/02 kick off at 9:30AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Medowie
U8s/03 kick off at 8:30 AM at Darling St Oval MiniRoos against Stockton

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL: Newcastle Olympic travel away to Lambton Jaffas


A Newcastle-football rivalry will start round four action with Lambton playing host to Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval.
After missing out on a game last weekend the squads will be determined to put in a strong performance to get back into winning form.
The Jaffas have had a mixed start with a win and a loss to start the season while Olympic has started positively with a win and a draw.
It will be an interesting match-up on Saturday, with Lambton and Newcastle both having high expectations for the year while adding to the competitiveness of a cross-town rivalry.
The home side will be without key attacker Luke Remington due to suspension from the Weston fixture while Olympic will be missing captain Kyle Hodges who is also facing time on the sideline.
Olympic has a poor record against Lambton, with the blue and white having only won one out of the last 10 fixtures against the Jaffas.
Lambton is a team looking to rebound from their last result and coach James Pascoe said he knows his team will have to contest for the entirety.
“The Weston defeat was a tough pill to swallow… if you take the individual errors out of it we could have won the game by a couple of goals so the message is to stay positive and be resilient,” Pascoe said.
“I think it’s a pretty stock standard 4-4-2 [Newcastle Olympic are] playing. It provides good cover and balance across the whole pitch both with and without the ball, so I don’t expect them to change a whole lot from their first two games.
“It will be a 95-minute game. They won’t take a backward step, it will be a close one and we need to do everything we can to get the three points.”


A timely win will be on offer in round four’s match of the round with Charlestown Azzurri and Lake Macquarie to collide at Lisle Carr Oval.
Two clubs who find themselves winless and at the bottom of the ladder after two full rounds of football will be desperate to notch an important three points, adding to Sunday’s must-win fixture.
Charlestown almost pulled off their first result of the season in their rescheduled round three match against Edgeworth on Monday, eventually going down 1-0 to a late Eagles goal.
The Azzurri will take some confidence out of the game against the defending champions as they head into their showdown with the Roosters, feeling they should have taken away something from the match having had a high volume of chances.
Due to the round three washouts, Lake Macquarie’s latest result was a 4-1 defeat to Maitland while their round three match against Adamstown will be played on 5 August.
The Roosters will also look to counteract their poor away record having only won one game in their last 10 matches on the road.
Charlestown dominated the fixtures in the previous two clashes, including a 4-1 victory over the Roosters at Lisle Carr Oval, although both teams look vastly different from this time last year.
Charlestown coach Graham Law said a breakthrough result was on its way.
“All three games we’ve been in and were all winnable which gives me confidence and this young team, along with the experience we still have, are good enough to win games and turn the corner,” Law said.
“We just didn’t take our chances [against Edgeworth] and against the good teams you are likely to get punished.
“I think it’s more about us getting on the front foot on what we can do this weekend and none of my teams will take anyone lightly.”________________________________________


Weston will travel to Adamstown Oval to face Adamstown Rosebud on Sunday in a match-up between two exciting teams.
The youthful Rosebuds have started positively with an opening day win but followed it up with a tough 3-1 loss to Edgeworth in round two.
The Bears however will be looking to pick up where they left off, downing Lambton Jaffas 3-2 in a thrilling round two encounter.
It was Leo Bertos’ first win in charge of his new team, who will now be hoping to build on that huge result with another three points against the Rosebuds.
Weston defeated Adamstown twice last season, which comprised of a 4-2 triumph at Adamstown Oval.
The two sides boast electrifying, young attackers who can change a game in an instant, therefore the game may come down to the best defensive outfit on the day.
Maitland Magpies v Valentine Phoenix
Cooks Square Park – Sunday 2.30pm

Maitland will do battle with Valentine on Sunday with the visitors hoping to spring an upset on last season’s premiers.
The Magpies were imposing in their 4-1 win over Lake Macquarie last start to continue their sensational unbeaten home record which has stretched to 13 games in a row.
Valentine was left to rue a golden chance to gather their first three points of the new season after conceding a late goal to draw 2-2 with Newcastle Olympic away from home in round two.
Maitland did the double over Valentine last season as the two finished at opposite ends of the table. Maitland are fourth on the table, with the Phoenix eighth.
The orange and navy’s last win at Cooks Square Park was in 2017 when they won 4-0.

Broadmeadow Magic v Edgeworth Eagles
Magic Park – Sunday 2.30pm

A battle of two premiership heavyweights will take place at Magic Park on Sunday with Broadmeadow to take on Edgeworth in a top-of-the-table clash.
This encounter is always a huge match-up in the National Premier League NNSW calendar combining the two previous championship-winning clubs – Broadmeadow in 2018 and Edgeworth in 2019.
The Eagles have a new interim coach at the helm with player Josh Rose taking over the role from Keelan Hamilton who departed the club only three games into his tenure.
Hamilton’s last game in charge of the Eagles was a 1-0 win over Charlestown on Monday which saw them remain unbeaten and climb to the top of the ladder due to a late goal from striker Kristian Brymora.
On the other side, Broadmeadow has impressed in their opening two games and continued their perfect start to the competition with a 3-1 victory over Azzurri in round two.
Magic’s attack has been in fine form notching eight goals in two games but will be up against a strong Eagles defence who have kept back-to-back clean sheets.
This titanic clash will certainly throw up some intriguing storylines and key individual battles across the park. While it is still only early days in the new season, first spot will still be on the line.
The two line-ups will know the significance of a massive result on Sunday while Broadmeadow Magic coach Anthony Richards said he knows his team will be ready for a big game.
“Edgeworth has been one of the better sides of the competition for the last 10 years. It will be good for our young guys to test themselves against probably the best side in the competition,” Richards said.
“We’ll back ourselves to do well. Everyone’s fit, ready to go and excited.
“We’re under no allusion it will be a tough game and hopefully it will be a great game to come and watch as a spectator.
“It is only three points. We don’t see it as a six-point game or nothing like that but we’ll be trying our best to take them.”


Herald WPL:Newcastle Olympic take on Broadmeadow Magic


It is a traditional derby we are not used to seeing in the Herald Women’s Premier League but one we can expect to be a high quality and entertaining fixture.
Each time Newcastle Olympic and Broadmeadow Magic meet in the NPL Northern NSW, it is a match previewed in cafes by footballing pundits and well attended by long-term supporters.
Expect Sunday afternoon’s Herald Women’s Premier Leagues match to be no different.
“I expect the girls to step up against [Newcastle Olympic],” Magic coach Jake Curley said.
“The squad seems to be in a great headspace, competitive and focused. They’ve proven they can fight to come back from behind, this week. I want to see them fight to maintain a lead.”
As reported by the Newcastle Herald earlier in the week, Adriana Jones has parted ways with Broadmeadow Magic. Her loss, while significant, will provide further opportunity for a number of other rising stars, including Lucy Jerram.
“I expect the girls will step up to face them. They’re competitors and love a challenge. Although, now they have a few games under their belts, I think they will fight for each other,” Curley said.
Sunday afternoon’s clash will be the first of five in 15 days for the women in red. Curley believes the side is well equipped to deal with the successive fixtures.
“Preparation and balance is key, altering our schedule to suit the workload,” Curley said.
“Recovery sessions, using physios and changing training should manage the risk of injury. There’s more on our plate but it’s business as usual.”
Newcastle Olympic sit on top of the Herald Women’s Premier League table, equal with Warners Bay on points but with a far superior goal difference of +17.
The women from Darling Street Oval also have a game in hand against Thornton, which has been rescheduled for Thursday, 6 August.
It is not all good news for Olympic however, with Stacey Day set to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury suffered against Adamstown in round four.

When you take a look at round six, each and every game has significance.
Whether it be the fight for the lead, a scramble not to slide out of the top four or, in the case of this match, a battle to stay within striking distance of finals qualification.
New Lambton and Thornton sit seventh and eighth respectively on the table but, according to Eagles coach Brad Jones, it is not through a lack of determination or desire.
“I think there was a lot to like about what we did [against Warners Bay on Saturday]. In my opinion we were the far better side without getting a result,” Jones said.
“There’s positive in the fact that the girls can see that what we’re doing is working. And they can understand there’s a few things we’ve got to improve on.”
The final third has proved frustrating for Jones, who believes goals will come for his young side.
“The fact that the way that we’re playing, we’re only missing that one element which is pleasing to me, given the age of the squad we’re actually using,” Jones said.
“I’ve got a tremendous bunch of girls and I just think we’re missing that final killer instinct as far as the final third is concerned.
“That’s just got to be something you’ve got to be patient and develop over time… they’ve got to pick that moment and back themselves.”
New Lambton and Warners Bay were the only two sides to see action last weekend, with the Eagles fortunate to now avoid a run of catch-up fixtures.
There was so such luck for Thornton, who will back up from Sunday’s fixture to take on Newcastle Olympic on Thursday, before three more games in quick succession.
“Five games in two weeks will test depth but for us it’s the old cliché of Sunday is the only game that is important at the moment,” Thornton coach Alan Primmer said.
“New Lambton will be well drilled. We need to concentrate on our first touch which was poor against Warners Bay and second efforts will be a key.
“We did a bit of watching for a result against Warners Bay as well, instead of making it happen and fall our way.”

Sunday’s match-up between old enemies Warners Bay and Merewether shapes as an early contender for match of the season.
A quick look back through the archives and it is hard to avoid the enthralling battles held between these two sides over the last four years.
“We’ve got a few girls who have been there over the years and been a part of those battles with Merewether and we always tend to lift for the clash,” Panthers coach Craig Atkins said.
Warners Bay is expected to be unchanged for the game at John Street Oval after they came off a torrid run of three games in seven days, culminating in a win over New Lambton on Saturday.
“We just went and did a body balance and Yoga session last night…. obviously after the hectic week last week we just wanted to have a lighter session,” Atkins said.
“It’s going to be a tough contest. It always tends to be close and there always seems to be lots of goals.”
Jen Hoy will once again start for the home side as she settles into the local competition.
“We’ve still got combination work to be done with Jen and the players around her,” Atkins said.
“We’re focusing on some things we need to improve on and that’ll be the target for Sunday.”
A loss for Merewether could see them slip out of the top four. Heading into round six, they are just one point clear of fourth-placed Adamstown.
“It’ll just be really important for us to get a win against Warners Bay. If we don’t, we’re in danger of dropping out of the top four… we want to stay near the top,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said.
“We’re really looking forward to playing Warners Bay.”
Midfielder Sarah Bergin will miss the clash for the Lammas, who like everyone have had a disrupted week on the training pitch due to rain.
“We got a session in on Tuesday at an indoor facility. A little bit of stretching the legs,” Ellis said.
“The group as a whole are all pretty fit…. I’m pretty confident that if we end up needing to play a few games in quick succession we’ll be able to deal with that.”

Mid Coast will be hoping to move into the top four when they play fourth-placed Adamstown at Taree Zone Field on Sunday.
Middies sit sixth on the table but are just one-point shy of Rosebud.
“I anticipate that we’ll play very similar types of football,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
“We’ve worked on the way that we want to get results. As far as I’m concerned in football the journey is as important as the destination, so it will be stick to the process.
“Hopefully at the end of that we’ll get the result as well.”
Mid Coast are expected to be full strength for the clash, which Grass believes will be won or lost in the midfield.
“I’ll be looking to our midfielders. We’ve got a very young midfield, I think they’re all 16, so I’ll be looking to the midfield to really step up and control things,” Grass said.
“I think we will be all sweet. [We’ve got] a couple of niggly injuries but nothing that’s going to keep anyone out of the weekend.”
Sunday’s clash will be the first of three in quick succession for the Buds, who had their weekend match against Broadmeadow rained out.
“I think the girls are excited to get back playing and looking forward to having three games coming up in a short amount of time,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.
Olivia Sneddon will miss the game due to an ankle injury suffered against Newcastle Olympic almost a fortnight ago, while Campbell has identified Kimmy Trappett as a player to watch this weekend.
“I am hoping that Kimmy Trappett can step up this weekend in a tight game and make a difference to the score line as I don’t think we have seen her best yet so far since we have returned from COVID,” Campbell said.
“She is a player I have a lot of confidence in.
“I will just ask the girls to go out and make a statement to the other teams in the competition with what they do in the game.”


Newcastle Olympic: Letter from the Office of the Dalai Lama for Shiwa Dul

Newcastle Olympic FC would like share this reference letter that one of our Under 15 Youth NPL players, Shiwa Dul, has received from the Office of the Dalai Lama.

Shiwa is a proud Tibetan Australian, who has a great passion and ability in our sport.

We wish Shiwa all the best in both his sporting and educational pursuits in the future.

Letter re Shiwa Dul from Office of the Dalai Lama

source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic: A wash-out weekend!

On Sunday 26th July Newcastle Olympic were scheduled to play at home against Broadmeadow Magic but all three matches were washed out.

On Sunday 26th July Newcastle Olympic WPL teams were away to Thornton Redbacks but these games were also washed out.

Newcastle Olympic took on Valentine in Round 5 of the season at Cahill Oval on Saturday 25th July.

Under 16s Olympic won 5-0
Under 15s Olympic won 4-0
Under 14s Olympic won 1-0
Under 13s Olympic won 3-2

Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams played Garden Suburb on Saturday 25th July at Islington Park.

1st Grade Olympic won 3-2
2nd Grade drew 3-3

U9s SAP who were scheduled to play at Johnstone Park on Sunday were washed out.
U9s Blue, U10s, U11s SAP and U12s NET played games at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field, Wallarah Oval, LMRF and Stevenson Park against Cooks Hill, New Lambton, Broadmeadow Magic and Mayfield Junior respectively and our teams had some outstanding performances with many goals scored.

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s were to kick off at 7:00 PM at Islington Park vs Wallsend on Friday night 24th July but Wallsend have forfeited the match.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors played Round 4 of the season on Saturday 25th July at Stevenson Park and National Park against Mayfield Junior and Cooks Hill with our young Olympians putting in some outstanding performances.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic: Expression of Intrest sought for the position of NPL Head Coach

Newcastle Olympic FC are seeking expressions of interest for the following position for the 2021 season:

Men’s 1st Grade

Expressions are to be emailed to:
Please ensure you outline current/previous coaching history.

Ideally, candidates should hold the current minimum coaching qualification, and be willing to undertake any necessary accreditation requirements.

All applications will be treated confidentially.

Any enquiries can be directed to:
Con Gounis (Club Secretary) 0423221352
Alex Tagaroulias (Technical Director) 0497897716

source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic Football Club unleashes on the Morisson government’s ‘corruption’ over sports rorts scandal

Newcastle Olympic Football Club director Kosta Patsan has slammed the Morrison government’s community sport grants scheme as being contaminated with “nonsensical graft and corruption”.

“I’ll say it openly and honestly,” Mr Patsan said, while appearing on Thursday before a Senate inquiry in Canberra into the so-called sports rorts scandal.
If the government wasn’t going to follow its own rules on funding, “you end up being a banana republic”.

The Senate inquiry is examining the federal government’s controversial $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program.

ALP Senator Tim Ayres told the inquiry that “a large number of applications” were funded, despite being received “months after the cut-off date”.

Newcastle Olympic’s application met the cut-off date and the program’s criteria. It applied for $500,000 under the program, but missed out.

“We don’t mind if we missed out for very good reasons. What we cannot countenance is … graft and corruption,” Mr Patsan said.

“We are a worthy recipient. We do a lot of good for the community. We got diddled because we’re in a Labor seat and a safe one.” Asked what this had done to his trust in government, he said: “Torn it to shreds”.

“Where there’s money allocated, give it to the most worthy recipients. There was a clear process to do that and that was trashed.”

The inquiry heard that some clubs received funding under the program that didn’t meet the criteria.

Applications were supposed to meet a score of at least 74 points. Newcastle Olympic scored 76 points.

“The lowest score funded was 39,” Senator Ayres said.
Mt Patsan said Parliament was a “citadel of waste and poor expectations”.

“I say this as a taxpayer. I expect you to spend my money better,” he said.
“More importantly, we expect you to spend it fairly.”

Mr Patsan said the club received a further “kick in the guts” when it realised the government had used images from its application to promote the grants program.

Senator Rice asked Mr Patsan whether he knew the former sport minister Bridget McKenzie had discretion in which grants would be funded.

Mr Patsan said: “If the minister has the discretion to do whatever she likes, you may as well just turn us into another banana republic”.

The club’s $1.3 million plan includes a grandstand and dressing sheds at Darling Street Oval. It had raised $270,000 from volunteers. Newcastle City Council was to match the federal grant.

The club said it had been selected as a venue to host training during the 2023 Women’s World Cup.



WPL Round 5: Newcastle Olympic are away to Thornton Redbacks

Fresh off a 6-0 thumping of Adamstown, Newcastle Olympic will head to Thornton this weekend hoping to continue the form that has seen them mooted as the team to beat in 2020.
The women from Darling Street Oval currently sit atop of the Herald Women’s Premier League table, having scored three wins from four starts.
On paper, this weekend’s clash would seem nothing more than administrative, but Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill does not share that view.
“This week we will continue to build momentum for our game against Thornton,” she said.
“They will again pose a physical threat and our ability to work our way into the match will be critical.”
Stacey Day is the only Olympic player under an injury cloud ahead of the match at Thornton Park.
“We are waiting scan results for Stacey at this stage. We will know the outcome of this [on Thursday],” Attwill said.
Attwill said she had been impressed by a number of Olympic players so far this season.
“It is so difficult to choose one player. We have so much depth and strength across the park,” she said.
“Jemma House has performed with two hat-tricks since the recommencement of the season.
“On the other hand, our midfield consisting of Laura Hall, Imogen Tusek and Keely Gawthrop continually works hard to deliver quality in attack and defence.
“Defensively we haven’t conceded since the second match against Merewether which highlights the strength of our backline.”
Sunday afternoon’s clash presents a difficult task for a Thornton side yet to find its best form.
“We’re not that far off… the girls have given their all both weekends but the combinations are just off knowing where to be to best help each other,” coach Alan Primmer said.
Injuries and unavailable players will make for a tough weekend for the Redbacks. Celeste Edward, Bella Wetzel-Morrison and Chelsea Gay are all under some level of doubt but will be given every chance to prove fit for Sunday afternoon’s clash.
“Hopefully the girls are excited for it. Two of our better games last year was against the premiers New Lambton,” Primmer said.

Elodie Dagg is expected to return for Warners Bay this Saturday as the Panthers round out a tough seven days with a road trip to Arthur Edden Oval to take on last season’s premiers New Lambton.
The Panthers had a narrow loss to Broadmeadow on Wednesday evening, going down 2-1 thanks to a late Magic goal. New signing Jen Hoy scored for Warners Bay.
“We just probably didn’t play smart enough. I thought we could have done a few things differently,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
“We went away from our structure. We stopped playing out from the back and we need to address that.”
Saturday’s game will likely be the first time Jen Hoy and Elodie Dagg combine in the final third for the Panthers, a proposition Atkins is looking forward to.
“With Jen coming in she’ll only get better and lift the girls around her… she played a full game tonight [Wednesday]. She’s trained the house down but she’s not match fit yet,” Atkins said.
“The girls now have a couple of days off. They need a break, it has been hectic.”
New Lambton will be without Toria Campbell for an extended period after she was injured at the weekend, while goalkeeper Ruby Jones is likely to miss Saturday’s game.
“[A] few battered and bruised bodies in the camp, so it’s just a matter of writing those wrongs this week and putting out a performance that we know we are capable off,” New Lambton coach Brad Jones said.
As to who Jones believes will fill the leadership role left vacant by Campbell, the first-grade coach has no shortage of quality options.
“I think in terms of on-field presence, her and Lisa were sharing that responsibility. That’s now going to fall wholly on Lisa’s back in terms of the on-field communication,” Jones said.
“I think from the back, Kaitlin Radstaak, she’s just a cool, experienced head who the girls really respond to.
“We need to be able to execute our game plan… I just think if we can contain that attacking threat [Elodie Dagg and Jen Hoy] and we can play to our potential I think we’re in good shape to take the three [points].”

Adamstown will need to be close to their best when they take on Broadmeadow Magic on Sunday.
The Rosebuds were left battered and bruised by a dominant Newcastle Olympic side last weekend, while Magic will be buoyed by a late win over Warners Bay on Wednesday night.
“Thursday and Friday, we will ramp it up moving towards the weekend,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.
“[The] girls are a bit sore at this stage. Tuesday night we had a very light session.”
According to Campbell, this week’s focus has been around defence with goal difference likely to prove critical at the end of the regular season. Adamstown have so far conceded eight goals in four games, including last week’s 6-0 thumping at the hands of Olympic.
“This week we will be focusing on ourselves and ensuring that we get back to our best, especially defensively,” Campbell said.
Rosebud keeper Olivia Sneddon remains in significant doubt for the clash after she was injured in a nasty collision at the weekend.
“Olivia is still in a lot of pain and waiting on further information,” Campbell said.
“All other players are fit and available for this weekend at this stage, which is great and gives me lots of options to choose from in order to put on our best performance.”
Broadmeadow Magic are fifth on the table with six points but still have a game in hand against Thornton. That game will be played in August.
The women in red looked strong against Warners Bay on Wednesday, with Lucy Jerram again a standout. Maggie Quinn, Kobie Ferguson and Chelsea Lucas were all solid in their performances.
A win on Saturday would see Magic move into the top four. Pending other results, Adamstown could slip as far down the ladder as fifth.

Mid Coast will be looking to make it three in a row when they take on Merewether at Port Macquarie on Sunday.
The home side are fifth on the table, with a goal difference of minus three, six goals better positioned then when the competition was suspended in mid-March.
“I think we’ve got pretty good comradery… everyone’s pretty happy and keen to keep going forward and see what we can achieve,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
The trip north is never an easy one for visiting sides, with Merewether set to field an understrength side due to player unavailability.
United coach Scott Ellis was tight lipped on the final makeup of his side but did admit there would be some fresh faces in the match day squad.
“I still think we can get the job done but the trip up there is never particularly easy… we’ve got enough players to fill the gap,” Ellis said.
“We had a really good session on Tuesday night … really just focusing on getting ourselves working on our own performance and game plan and getting everyone onboard with that.”
The focus for Ellis was as much about Sunday’s clash as it is the next few weeks.
“The games coming up, hopefully will help us settle some things in place, settle our patterns of play down, give everyone some confidence in the overall game plan,” Ellis said.
“The game plan I sort of had in mind…. I watched a lot of football over the weekend, that really helped me crystallise my thoughts and reinforce what I want to do with the team.
“I think we’re probably three or four weeks away from getting to where I’d like us to be.”
Grass will not be reading much into the final makeup of his opponents.
“It’s just another game for us. I think what we’ll find for Merewether is they’ll have key players who can turn the game individually… if you want to focus on them you could be leaving yourself open in other areas, so we’ll just be focusing on ourselves,” Grass said.
Courtney Anderson is expected to be fit for the clash against her former club, despite an ankle injury. Anderson, alongside Jess James has been critical to the resurgence of Mid Coast in recent weeks.
“We’re playing a full field game… we don’t place ourselves around one player, or a couple of players,” Grass said.
Wet weather is forecast for the weekend, with a lingering east coast low likely to make for a heavy track at Port Macquarie’s Wayne Richards Park.
“We’ll see what happens, fingered crossed we get a game in,” Grass said.


NPL Round3: Newcastle Olympic take on Broadmeadow Magic at Darling St Oval


After an enthralling opening two rounds to start the National Premier League NNSW season, the league is ready to turn the dial up with this weekend’s showcase fixture being the biggest derby in Newcastle football between Newcastle Olympic and Broadmeadow Magic.
The two cross-town rivals have had fast starts after the first lot of games, adding further intensity to this round’s clash with first spot potentially on offer.
Olympic fought back from another deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against Valentine with the last kick of the game in their latest match, all the while with 10 men for a large majority of the fixture.
Broadmeadow kept the ball rolling in the previous round, knocking over Charlestown with an impressive 3-1 victory on their return to Magic Park.
In the history of this clash, the two rivals have met on 49 occasions with each club remarkably winning 20 games apiece, with the other nine games having been draws, highlighting the fine margins within this colossal battle.
The blue of Newcastle Olympic won their most recent encounter against the red of Magic, a 3-2 triumph at their home ground in the second half of last season, while Broadmeadow won the previous battle earlier last year with a 1-0 victory.
Broadmeadow have assembled another strong side that will be invested in downing their arch-rivals. Coach Anthony Richards said he was eagerly awaiting another massive derby game.
“I’ve been a part of one as a player and now as a coach and they’re great fun. It’s really important for the committee, the spectators and all the volunteers and our guys just love the atmosphere,” Richards said.
“They’re a really good side [Newcastle Olympic]. Alex Tagaroulias has taken over and he’s known those boys since they were kids and been a part of that whole development program and the reason they’ve been able to finish as strong as they have been is because they’re a really good young team.
“You can’t get too emotional with these games and we have a few experienced guys who will set the tone for the game.”
Olympic have been very pleased with their ability to rescue games over the first rounds and interim coach Tagaroulias said his side would be up for the fight again.
“We spoke about the first game and how they came back and then they did it again [last week] up against even stepper odds. It was very pleasing as the guys really showed a lot of courage and determination,” Tagaroulias said.
“We’ve been rivals [with Broadmeadow] since we started in the lower divisions in the 70s and at the time we were all new Australians, so the rivalries were personal and cultural and it’s given Newcastle a dead set local derby.
“The players on both sides will feel the passion, hopefully the football will be entertaining, Broadmeadow have a quality side and quality individuals but I hope we give a good account of ourselves.”

Lake Macquarie will host Adamstown in another massive fixture, with the two outfits desperate for the three points.
The Roosters have played some great football with nothing to show for it from their opening games. The side are coming off a tough 4-1 defeat to Maitland last round, blowing an early lead to go down to the premiers away from home.
Adamstown were defeated by a strong Edgeworth line-up 3-1 last start but the previous season’s bottom finishers will be buoyed by their start with the youthful Rosebuds showing glimpses of real promise and have three points on the board.
The Roosters will be out to avoid three straight defeats to start the campaign and will take confidence from the fact they beat Adamstown twice last season.
Adding to that, Lakes have not lost to the red and green since their return to the top-flight in 2017 with five wins and a draw.
The home side won’t have it all their own way at Macquarie Field with Adamstown showing far more resilience this season and will want to put an end to their poor record on the Roosters home turf.
With plenty to play for, Lake Macquarie coach Josh Rufo said he expected a hard-fought encounter.
“[Adamstown coach] Shane [Cansdell-Sherriff] has done a great job there. They have got a lot of young players and have improved but we’re only interested in winning and controlling what we can control,” Rufo said.
“We can compete, we did that against Maitland and Lambton and when we get it right we’ll look to compete for the full 90 minutes.
“No game will be easy and we anticipate it will be our toughest game yet.”

Two sides coming off heartbreaking results in the previous round will meet this weekend at CB Complex.
Valentine let go of an early two-goal lead against Newcastle Olympic to finish with a last-minute draw but showed they are much better than their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Broadmeadow two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Lambton were left deflated after another late goal saw them beaten by Weston at home.
The beauty of football is you get another 90 minutes to get back to your best and that is exactly what will be on the agenda for the Phoenix and the Jaffas.
Lambton have a far superior record over Valentine in recent seasons and will look to reassert themselves with the three points.
On the other hand, the Phoenix are yet to register a victory and with points at a high-premium this early in the season, Valentine will be more than desperate to defeat Lambton.
Valentine co-coach Sam Griffin said he was pleased with the turnaround last week but knows his side have to take the next step.
“It was good for us to know that first week we just weren’t ready and we’ve got better in us but we still can play better [than last Saturday] obviously. From a coaching point of view it’s great but from a team point of view we really need to win,” Griffin said.
“We need to learn to put games to bed. Bailey Garland is out injured at the moment who was our top goal scorer last year so that doesn’t help, so we need to be more ruthless.
“It will be interesting to see how [Lambton] react but you can’t let good players have too much time to do what they want so we need to make it hard for them.”


Two teams who have had differing starts to their seasons will take to the field this weekend with battling Charlestown Azzurri to play the high-flying Edgeworth Eagles.
Edgeworth have picked up where they left off, making it two wins from two matches so far, following a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Adamstown last round.
Charlestown endured back-to-back defeats against Broadmeadow Magic and will want to achieve a big result this weekend to stay on track and not fall too far behind.
The Eagles enjoy plenty of depth in key areas while new recruit and striker Kristian Brymora has produced four goals in two games for his new club.
Meanwhile, Charlestown have an extensive injury and suspension list but welcomed back their own off-season recruit in Regan Lundy last start.
The Azzurri will look to their brilliant showings of last season as they did the double over the Eagles, including a 2-1 victory over Edgeworth at their stomping ground of Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Round three shapes up as a mammoth weekend in the context of the season and will also feature the latest instalment of the ‘El-Clasicoal’ derby between local rivals Weston and Maitland.
This rivalry has grown into one of the standout games in the NPL NNSW calendar, with the two line-ups sharing a history of producing a quality spectacle.
Weston shrugged off their first-round defeat to come from behind twice against Lambton to defeat the Jaffas away from home achieving their first points of the new season last weekend.
Maitland also put their first points on the board with a dominant 4-1 win over Lake Macquarie, with goal scorers Braedyn Crowley and Joel Wood notching doubles.
The two sides could not be split in last season’s derby games, earning wins against each other.
Weston were jubilant after their previous performance against Lambton earning head coach Leo Bertos a maiden win. Bertos said he looked forward to the prospect of facing another class line-up.
“I look forward to every game we play and I’m sure it will be a good game between two good teams. Maitland have quality players and are coming off a successful season last year so it will be a great challenge for us,” Bertos said.
“I was very happy with the performance and effort last weekend. The players stuck to their structures and scored some good goals against a quality opposition.
“We are hoping to improve our performance as individuals and as a team. If we are successful at this then we’ll be very happy.”
Maitland got back to winning ways last start and coach Mick Bolch said he knew his team had to keep that consistency and produce another top performance.
“Our ball movement and decision making was a lot better [against Lakes] especially in the front third,” Bolch said.
“It’s a massive game this weekend against Weston. A win puts us right back in the mix where a loss could see us drop six points off the lead already.
“Derbies are always tight, torrid affairs and I don’t expect this one to be any different and both clubs are coming off good results.”


Newcastle Olympic NPL seniors take on Broadmeadow Magic & WPL are away to Thornton Redbacks

On Sunday 26th July Newcastle Olympic are at home to Broadmeadow Magic at Darling St Oval in Round 3 of the competition.
U18s kick off at 10:15AM
Reserves kick off at 12.15PM
First Grade kick off at 2:30PM

On Sunday 26th July Newcastle Olympic WPL teams are away to Thornton Redbacks at Thornton Park.
U14s kick off at 9:00AM
U17s Kick off at 10:50AM                                                                                         Reserve Grade kick off at 12:50PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM

Newcastle Olympic take on Valentine in Round 5 of the season at Cahill Oval on Saturday 25th July.
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM
U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U15s kick off at 1:00 PM
U16s kick off at 3:00 PM

Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams play Garden Suburb on Saturday 25th July at Islington Park.
Reserve Grade kick off at 1:00PM
First Grade kick off at 3:00PM .

U9s White kick off at 9:00AM at Johnstone Park vs New Lambton, Sunday 26th July U9s Blue kick off at 9:00AM at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field vs Cooks Hill on Sunday 26th July
U10s White kick off at 9:00AM at Wallarah Oval vs New Lambton, Sat. 25th July U10s Blue kick off at 9:00AM at Wallarah Oval vs New Lambton, Sat. 25th July
U11s White kick off at 4:45PM at LMRF vs Broadmeadow Magic on Sat. 25th July U11s Blue kick off at 4:45PM at LMRF vs Broadmeadow Magic on Sat. 25th
U12s NET kick off at 12:45PM at Stevenson Park 2 vs Mayfield Junior on Saturday 25th July

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s were to kick off at 7:00 PM at Islington Park vs Wallsend on Friday night 24th July but Wallsend have forfeited the match.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors play Round 4 of the season on Saturday 25th July.
U6s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Stevenson Park 3 against Mayfield Junior.
U6s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Stevenson Park 3 against Mayfield Junior.
U6s/03 kick off at 8:30AM at Stevenson Park 3 against Mayfield Junior.
U7s/01 kick off at 9:30AM at National Park MiniRoos against Cooks Hill.
U7s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at National Park MiniRoos against Cooks Hill.
U8s/01 kick off at 11:30AM at National Park MiniRoos against Cooks Hill.
U8s/02 kick off at 12:45PM at National Park MiniRoos against Cooks Hill.
U8s/03 kick off at 11:30 AM at National Park MiniRoos against Cooks Hill.

source: Tom Tsamouras